The internal and external syntax of adverbial clauses

Organizer(s) Werner Frey, Lukasz Jedrzejowski & Andreas Pankau
Start of event 21.07.2016, 09.00 o'clock
End of event 23.07.2016, 18.00 o'clock
Venue ZAS Berlin, 10117 Berlin, Schützenstr. 18, Room 403

The last two decades have seen a renewed interest in adverbial clauses and their syntactic properties, resulting in a mass of new empirical findings. These findings show that adverbial clauses are much more heterogeneous than previously recognized. As for their internal syntax, they differ with respect to the possibility to feature main clause phenomena (e.g. Haegeman 2006, 2010a, Coniglio 2011, Frey 2012) and the obligatory presence of clause internal A`-movement (Geis 1970, Larson 1990). Regarding their external properties, they can occupy various positions within the clause, each option correlating with interpretative differences and possible differences regarding the choice of the complementizer. And some adverbial clauses show signs of a relative clause structure, most prominently temporal clauses (Demirdache & Uribe-Etxebarria 2004, Geis 1970) and conditional clauses (Bhatt & Pancheva 2006, Haegeman 2010b). The aim of this workshop is to bring together recent research on the structural properties of adverbial clause and to explore their consequences for the syntax of clauses and sentences in general.

Some adverbial clauses show clear signs for a relative clause structure (Bhatt & Pancheva 2006, Demirdache & Uribe-Etxebarria 2004, Geis 1970, Haegeman 2010b). There is also a diachronic relationship between adverbial and relative clauses (Axel-Tober 2012). On the other hand, there also exist adverbial clauses that do not show signs of a relative clause structure (Geis 1970, Larson 1990). The question is therefore how similar adverbial clauses are to each other and what the consequences of these differences are for their structure. Do the differences indicate that there are internal structural differences among the various types of adverbial clauses? Or do these differences result from external properties, such as their integration into the host clause? Moreover, a relative clause analysis has also been proposed for complement clauses (Arsenijevic 2009), in particular for complements to factive predicates (Aboh 2005, Krapova 2010). We would like to investigate the (dis)similarities between adverbial clauses and other clause types with respect to both their internal and external syntax, and whether dependent clauses may be uniformly analyzed as relative clauses (Caponigro & Polinsky 2011).

Keynote speakers:

  • Katrin Axel-Tober, Universität Tübingen (confirmed)
  • Richard K. Larson, Stony Brook University (confirmed)


Thursday, July 21st, 2016

WARMING UP (Quchnia, Markgrafenstraße 35

Friday, July 22nd, 2016
Schützenstr. 18, Room 403

11:00 - 11:25

11:25 - 11:30
Welcome of the organizers

11:30 - 12:15
Melitta Gillmann (U Hamburg)
From temporality to causality. The grammaticalization of German 'da' and 'nachdem' 

12:15 - 13:00
Werner Frey (ZAS Berlin)
On some syntactic and interpretative properties of causal and of concessive clauses 

13:00 - 14:30

14:30 - 15:15
Lorena David (U of Bucharest)
The syntax and semantics of locative, temporal and manner clauses introduced by 'unde', 'când' and 'cum'

15:15 - 15:45

15:45 - 16:30
Sam Featherston & Ira Eberhardt (U Tübingen)
Focus particles and negative scope in subordinate clauses

16:30 - 17:15
Sophie von Wietersheim & Sam Featherston (U Tübingen)
An experimental approach to adverbial clauses: CACs and PACs are different

DINNER: Brauhaus Georgbräu, Spreeufer 4, 10178 Berlin

Saturday, July 23rd, 2016
Schützenstr. 18, Room 403

09:30 - 10:15
Yoshio Endo (Kanda University of International Studies) & Liliane Haegeman (Ghent U)
Adverbial clauses and adverbial concord

10:15 - 11:00
Łukasz Jędrzejowski (U Potsdam)
On 'falls'‑clauses in German. Synchronic and diachronic observations

11:00 - 11:30

11:30 - 12:15
Andreas Blümel & Hagen Pitsch (U Göttingen)
Adverbial clauses: internally rich, externally null

12:15 - 13:00
Carlo Cecchetto (U of Milan-Bicocca) & Caterina Donati (Sapienza U of Rome)
Are (all) adverbial clauses adjuncts?

13:00 - 15:00

15:00 - 16:00
Richard Larson (U at Stony Brook, Wisconsin)
On Warlpiri Correlative Clauses